India’s one-stop destination for the best thrillers that digital entertainment has seen this year, Voot Select is all set to reveal their latest Original – Crackdown. Home to critically acclaimed shows like Asur, Raikar Case, The Gone Game, Voot Select will now have ace Bollywood Director Apoorva Lakhia making his directorial web debut with this action-packed espionage thriller. Crackdown boasts of a fantastic ensemble cast including Saqib Saleem, Iqbal Khan, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Waluscha De Sousa, Rajesh Tailang, and Ankur Bhatia amongst others. The 8 part series goes LIVE on Voot Select on 23rd September 2020.
A slick, high-octane thriller, Crackdown, revolves around a covert operations wing that tries to crack through multiple smaller decoys, to uncover a larger conspiracy that threatens national security. In the process, they find an able ally in a girl whose identity remains a mystery. As seen in the trailer, B-town was buzzing with excitement as the first look of the show that was announced by none other than Superstar and the ‘Shehenshah’ of Bollywood, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. Brimming with high octane action sequences, powerful visuals, and a spectacular cast, Crackdown boasts of the grandeur and scale that Apoorva Lakhia’s directorial web debut one would expect will offer.
On the launch of the sixth original Ferzad Palia, Head – Voot Select, Youth, Music, and English Entertainment, Viacom18 said, “Voot Select has in a very short span of time, become synonymous with great quality Originals & curated content. Now we are all set and extremely excited to launch our sixth Original – Crackdown. Apoorva is known to make the most stylish and slick thrillers and has created magic with what he has done in the show Crackdown. It’s an edge of the seat thriller with lots of action which is sure to be nothing short of a big Bollywood blockbuster experience brought to the OTT world.”
Commenting on the release of his digital directorial debut, Apoorva Lakhia said, “I have always loved making action thrillers. It gives me an adrenaline rush just being a part of those sequences and locations. Needless to say, when I read the script written by Chintan Gandhi & Suresh Nair, I was extremely excited. The storyline is great, its action-packed, with great locations and a stellar cast and it is going to stream on one of the biggest digital platforms in the country, Voot Select. What more can one need? Although this is my directorial debut for an OTT platform, the treatment of Crackdown is exactly like a Bollywood blockbuster and I am sure the audience is going to love it as much as we enjoyed making it.”
“Crackdown is like a tribute to the unsung heroes of the nation and I am so proud that I have been given an opportunity to headline a show like this. Apoorva is a fantastic director and he made sure that our preparation for this show was top-notch, whether it was our physical fitness, costumes, or even the locations that we shot in. I am really enjoying being a part of the digital entertainment world as I get a chance to prove my versatility as an actor. I really hope that the audience likes the show and my performance in it.” Saqib Saleem said.
Iqbal Khan said, “After doing a variety of roles on television, working on an action thriller like Crackdown was a different but fantastic experience for me. Apoorva sir is a genius to work with. His working style forces you to become a perfectionist yourself, which was extremely important for this role. This is also my first experience with Voot Select and I have enjoyed working with the entire team. The show looks great, we have all worked very hard in making it look the way it does, so I am really hoping the audience enjoys it as much as we did making it.”
Expressing her joy over her second stint with VOOT Select Shriya Pilgaonkar commented,” “This is my second show with Voot Select and I am really happy to be working with the team again. The Gone Game was a fantastic experience and I am thrilled with the response we got for it. And now I’m looking forward to Crackdown which is my first time doing the action and a completely different character. Working with a director like Apoorva Lakhia has been an absolute pleasure as well as a huge learning experience. For The Gone Game, I was shooting remotely from my house, doing everything by myself and with Crackdown it was exactly the opposite. Real locations, huge sets, a lovely ensemble cast, and of course performing action scenes. I can’t wait for the audience to watch the show that was so much fun to shoot and work on. I hope the audience enjoys watching it.”
Commenting on her digital debut Waluscha De Sousa said, “I am making my digital debut as an actor with Crackdown, so this experience will always be extremely special to me. I am very thankful to Apoorva and Voot Select for giving me this opportunity. It has been an amazing learning experience for me and I will forever be grateful for that. This show ticks all the boxes from an entertainment quotient and I am sure that the audience will love watching it.”
Commenting on his role, Ankur Bhatia said, “I play the role of one of the antagonists in Crackdown and it has been one of the most challenging roles in my life, because the character trait is completely the opposite of what I am in real life. In the past few years, digital entertainment platforms have been setting huge benchmarks in terms of the content that they are putting up and with Crackdown, Voot Select has pushed those boundaries to a great extent. Apoorva has done such a fab job with not only the show and how it looks but has also got out the best performances from all of us. Needless to say that working with the entire crew was a fantastic experience. Crackdown is an out and out entertainer and I cannot wait for the audience reaction after seeing this one.”
“The role I portray in Crackdown has been a great opportunity for me to explore and showcase my versatility as an actor. Shot on a huge scale at multiple locations with a big cast and crew, definitely made it challenging but a lot of fun as well. Overall a great experience for me. Having worked with Apoorva before, I know firsthand how he pushes everyone to give their 100 percent and brings out their best. But Crackdown has gone a few notches higher and I am really looking forward to the audience reaction to the show.”, said Rajesh Tailang.
Gunshots, chase sequences, blasts, and the constant hand combat, Crackdown is packed with all the right elements that should put it on the top of your binge-watch list.
“Voot Select’s action-packed espionage thriller, Crackdown – Streaming from 23rd September 2020”